Displays & Exhibits

For the month of June, the Livingston Public Library’s display case presents an exhibition of unique artist made books handcrafted by Maplewood artist and Book Arts RoundTable Member CHUCK MILEY.    These books challenge the concept of a traditional book. and fall into three categories :    Pop-up books, Movable metal books, and Critters.    The pop-up books he is showing in the library range from a three ring circus , complete with aerialists , clowns and a performer shot from a cannon, to other subjects including the Tortoise and the Hare from Aesop’s fables , The Hunchback of Notre Dame from his “Quotations from Classic Horror Films”, Scenes from Balinese Culture, and a retelling of the “Firebird”.    Miley’s metal books are constructed of brass, copper, silver, gold leaf, silk, gems and mica. Miley retells and interprets Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream “, “The Tempest”, and “Macbeth”. There are also interpretations of Lewis Carroll’s works , “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, a lifelong favorite of Chuck.    The critters are sculptures of arthropods and insects that serve as boxes or containers for scrolls and accordion books. There is a lobster with a scroll of the Carroll’s “Lobster’s Lament“, from “Alice through the Looking Glass”. Other metal critters include a scorpion, a blue tailed fly, an octopus, a grasshopper with a scroll telling the Aesop fable of the “Grasshopper and the Ants”.

For the month of June, the Livingston Public Library’s display case presents an exhibition of unique artist made books handcrafted by Maplewood artist and Book Arts RoundTable Member CHUCK MILEY.

These books challenge the concept of a traditional book. and fall into three categories :

Pop-up books, Movable metal books, and Critters.

The pop-up books he is showing in the library range from a three ring circus , complete with aerialists , clowns and a performer shot from a cannon, to other subjects including the Tortoise and the Hare from Aesop’s fables , The Hunchback of Notre Dame from his “Quotations from Classic Horror Films”, Scenes from Balinese Culture, and a retelling of the “Firebird”.

Miley’s metal books are constructed of brass, copper, silver, gold leaf, silk, gems and mica. Miley retells and interprets Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream “, “The Tempest”, and “Macbeth”. There are also interpretations of Lewis Carroll’s works , “The Walrus and the Carpenter”, a lifelong favorite of Chuck.

The critters are sculptures of arthropods and insects that serve as boxes or containers for scrolls and accordion books. There is a lobster with a scroll of the Carroll’s “Lobster’s Lament“, from “Alice through the Looking Glass”. Other metal critters include a scorpion, a blue tailed fly, an octopus, a grasshopper with a scroll telling the Aesop fable of the “Grasshopper and the Ants”.

The Livingston Public Library welcomes exhibits and displays, which further the educational, cultural, intellectual, charitable and/or public service objectives of the Library. Exhibits and displays which incorporate books and other Library materials are especially encouraged.  The Library recognizes its role in nurturing local talent and culture and, therefore, extends its preference in scheduling exhibits and displays to local schools, civic and community groups and local artists.  The Library also encourages exhibits and displays by collectors, crafts people and hobbyists.  Other displays may be devoted to an aspect of community life, science, education, family life, local or other history, community accomplishments, national anniversaries or events, or traveling exhibits in various fields and areas of interest.

All exhibits are subject to the terms of the Livingston Public Library’s Exhibits and Displays Policy.

The Library has a lighted glass display case (H 15”; D 20”) by the entrance where the displays can last from 2 weeks to a month.  Scheduling for this is arranged several months in advance.

If you are interested to set up a display in the case or to have any sort of display anywhere in the Library, please complete the Request to Place or Erect an Exhibit/Display and submit it for advance review and approval to the Library or email it to archana.chiplunkar@livingston.bccls.org.  Your application must include photographs or samples of items to be displayed.  

The Exhibits and Displays Agreement must be signed prior to setting up any exhibit or display.

Once the application is approved, you will be contacted to schedule specific dates.

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